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Photos from the APPG for Local Gov Summer Reception

England, UK . 14.7.2014. London . House of Commons. Summer reception of the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group. Supplied for immediate publication in connection with the reception free of charge, all other rights reserved.

On Monday 14th July 2014, LGiU held its annual All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception on the Terrace at the House of Commons. LGiU and Hewlett-Packard picked the event to launch a new report, entitled ‘Technology and transformation …

Technology and transformation in town halls

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LGiU and HP today publish a new report arguing that to realise the potential of the tech revolution, councils must adopt a people-centred approach. The report, launched at the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group Summer Reception, claims that we …

A call for councils to protect pubs

Claire Cain, CAMRA’s Campaigns Manager, writes about the importance of community pubs and the part that councils can play in keeping them open. This is a call from CAMRA to ask all councils to utilise available powers and tools to …

People-shaped places: how Lambeth let residents redesign the neighbourhood

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Building places we want to live in is more than just an aesthetic challenge. We know that well-designed public spaces boost local economies, enhance community safety, reduce crime, improve public health and happiness, and increase community cohesion. But to design …

Cats, local government and getting your claws out


Since most of the Internet seems to run on cats, it was inevitable that LGiU would have to have a picture of a cat on our website at some point. Last night I watched a documentary on cats on Netflix . …

The Learning Council


I recently wrote an essay for LGiU’s new collection, Municipal Futures, on The Learning Council. In it I argued that, whilst there have long been calls for councils to get better at learning from each other, in the future this …

Municipal Futures Storified

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A collection of comment and reflection on Municipal Futures.   [View the story "Municipal Futures" on Storify]   Share with colleagues: Tweet

5 ways councils can use tech to support better relationships


In The Social Council, an essay recently published in Municipal Futures, I argue that councils need to be doing what they can to support better relationships in councils and in the community.  Thinking less about service provision and more about relationships …

Key facts on home care: An infographic


With rising needs, we need a lot more care workers, but the pay and conditions on offer aren’t great.  What can we do to ensure we have the care we deserve? There’s still time to contribute evidence to The Commission …

Comment from Jonathan Carr-West on the 2014 Queen’s Speech


The Queen’s speech outlining the last legislative programme before the election in May 2015 once again underlined the Coalition’s main task of cutting the deficit. Measures to cut tax avoidance, help small businesses access finance and simplify the planning system …

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